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03/14/10 1:17 PM ET
Wood on schedule; Sowers to return soon
Closer will throw Monday bullpen, face Reds Wednesday
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Tribe closer Kerry Wood shouldn't be out of Cactus League action long, and left-hander Jeremy Sowers hopes to join him in those games by the end of the week. Wood was scratched from his scheduled appearance on Saturday against the Rangers because of soreness near his throwing arm. But Wood said on Sunday that he's back on his normal spring schedule. He'll throw a bullpen session on Monday and is expected to appear in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Reds. The 32-year-old Wood said the soreness, which he said is minor, is actually in his lat muscle, which runs under the arm and across the back. He said it is something he typically deals with in Spring Training. "I was playing catch [on Saturday] and didn't feel as good as I wanted to," Wood said. "We were just being cautious." Wood said he dealt with the same injury last year, albeit earlier in camp, and it was never again an issue in the regular season. Wood, who saved 20 games in 26 opportunities last season, is considered a possible trading chip at midseason, should the Indians fall out of contention. Sowers, behind schedule this spring because of left shoulder soreness, is no longer a factor in the rotation race. He threw a simulated session on Saturday and is hoping to see action in Cactus games by the end of this week. Sowers, who is out of Minor League options, has no idea if he'll be competing for a spot in the Indians' bullpen. "The main concern was getting healthy, then worrying about everything else," Sowers said. "We're getting close to that spot. I still have some hurdles to pass over, in terms of building up my workload. It's too soon to tell how my arm will respond to the stress of game situations." It's possible that the Indians will take the time to stretch Sowers back out as a starter and have him open the season on the disabled list.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.